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Where to stay?

Hi we are a couple in early 30's and are going to Garda in late June. Can't decide which area to stay in. Looking for somewhere pretty with plenty of walking. A busy resort with lots of shops, cafe's, restaurants etc. a beach and easy access to other locations. Any ideas welcome. Thanks

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1. Re: Where to stay?

Hi, for a first visit to Lake Garda we often recommend the towns of Garda or Bardolino. They are in the south-east of the lake and within easy reach of Verona (assuming that's where you're flying into).

There is a traffic-free lake path connecting Garda and Bardolino with Cisano and Lazise - you can also walk all the way to Peschiera at the south of the lake if you are feeling energetic!

There are many good walks in the hills above Garda, and the climb up La Rocca (the hill between the towns) will give you great views.

Both towns have a good boat service to other places on the lake. There is a also a bus service connecting all towns on the east side of the lake with Verona.

If you prefer to be at the north of the lake where the scenery is more mountainous you could look at Malcesine or Riva. From Malcesine there's a cable car up to Monte Baldo where there are a lot of walking trails.

The beaches at Lake Garda will probably be a bit of a disappointment as they are almost all shingle. Riva has the largest "beach" at the lake - as well as the shingle there are large grassy areas for sunbathing.

360globe.net/italy/…public-beach.html

There's a small stretch of sand at the man-made beach in Lazise which is to the south of Bardolino.

Have a look at the various towns on these sites:

lakegarda-exclusively.co.uk/Lake-Garda-Touri…

www.gardainforma.com/en/village/index.html

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2. Re: Where to stay?

Hi, as per the previous post the south east of Garda is probably a good start. Myself and my wife spend a couple of days in Bardolino in late September and it has an excellent choice of bars, restaurants and shops and you can get the ferry there to any of the main towns on the lake.

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3. Re: Where to stay?

I think your are describing Sirmione. Walking, trattorias, transportation to other islands, shopping and beautiful views.

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4. Re: Where to stay?

Bardolino has more shopping but I think Lazise (personal favourite) has a nicer town lakefront with the various restaurants.

Lazise, Barodlino or Garda good choices.

Sirmione is a popular place and gets serioulsy overrun by day trippers. This adds to the already large amount of tourists staying there. If you choose Sirmione bear this in mind

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5. Re: Where to stay?

I would definitely go for Garda or Bardolino, especially for the walking along the lakeside paths.

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7. Re: Where to stay?

Thanks everyone for your help. We think bardolino will be our first choice. Out of interest has anyone stayed in peschiera before? I only ask because of the train station but wasn't sure if it was as pretty as some of the other resorts. Thanks again guys

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8. Re: Where to stay?

Peschiera ............. that's why many people recommend Lazise, Bardolino or Garda. It is not ugly just the other towns are nicer and more interesting.

It is obviously an ideal point for public transport links not just the train station.

Bear in mind that the local 162 bus (formerly 62-64) starts in Verona then goes via Peschiera train station and services the entire east side of the lake. Only 15mins to Lazise, 25mins Bardolino and 30mins to Garda. Only costs a couple of €

…verona.it/atv_www/…62-64.pdf

The LN026 Verona - Brescia bus goes via Peschiera and Sirmione

trasportibrescia.it/upload/…LN026.pdf

Taxipeschiera often have taxis on the rank at Peschiera train station and operate a 24hr service

Lazise €20, Bardolino €28, Garda €34

taxipeschiera.it/listino-prezzi-radiotaxi-pe…

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9. Re: Where to stay?

Whilst Bardolino is my favourite place I actually like Peschiera. Its only a small old town centre but its a pretty place with lots of different aspects to it. The old town walls and ramparts and the blue/green River Mincio winding through and around it make it very interesting. There are also nice walks along the tree lined promenade towards Fornaci,the lakeside path to Lazse, Bardolino and Garda and riverside walks.

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10. Re: Where to stay?

Just back from our holiday and spent 5 nights in Bardolino. Loved it. Very pretty and quite a few shops, market (huge) along the whole waterfront on a Thursday. We stayed in an apartment two vias parallel to the main Piazza which runs to the lakeside and the ferry terminal there. Yes, there is a long walk along the lake here and you couldn't ask for better scenery along the lakefront. Also Bardolino is flat not steep inclines. However, Malcesine, Riva del Garda and Limone are at the top with the most dramatic mountainuous scenery but winds do blow around that area and can cause a chop on the water, hence sailing, wind surfing up there also and at times the weather may be cooler if thinking of these. It is a couple of hours by bus from Verona to Malcesine and Riva del Garda at the top NOT Limone as it is on the west side and needs a ferry to get to it from the east shore. I would not suggest Limone as a place to stay but it is pretty.The ferries take even longer from the bottom of the lake to the top compared to the bus. (ferry about 2 hrs or so)

I'd consider Bardolino, then get the ferries around the Southern Circular Route which takes in the bottom part of the lake, where Sirimone is. If you'd consider going up to the top of the lake, I'd get the bus up to Malcesine (45mins)( buy tickets on bus and stamp have small change) spend time there, then ferry over to Limone, and then on to Riva del Garda and the bus back to Bardolino 1hr 15 mins ( Also have to walk about 10 mins out of the town to the bus station to get it at Riva and about 5 mins from the town centre in Bardolino. Get you connections worked out for both bus and ferry before you go. We didn't use the cheaper Northern circulation ticket as we wanted to use the rapido ferries to cut our time back a bit.

There is an Info centre where you get off the bus in Bardolino to set yourselves up.

I'd definitely consider staying somewhere up the east side so you are a bit more central on the lake to get around. this is the largest lake in N. Italy and so it does take a bit more time to travel around it, than some of the others.

ENJOY!

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